Police Chief: Portsmouth officers to wear uniforms in court on official business

WAVY News 10

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) — Portsmouth’s new police chief, Tonya Chapman, has re-iterated to officers that they are only to wear uniforms inside courtrooms when they are on official business.

Tonya D. Chapman
Tonya D. Chapman

The issue came up in the Stephen Rankin first-degree murder trial in the police-involved shooting of William Chapman.

Several officers wore uniforms to show support for Rankin.

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The Commonwealth’s Attorney asked Judge Johnny Morrison to limit the number of uniformed officers in the courtroom, but Morrison did not want to bar them all together saying “that opens a can of worms.”

That would presumably not include showing solidarity for Rankin unless they are personally involved in the case.

10 On Your Side has learned that Chapman is reminding officers they are not to wear uniforms to court unless they are there on official business.

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